Full Steam Ahead: Long-Awaited Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Opens

Turkish officials inspect construction works on the Turkish section of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway in mid-2017. The railway officially opened on October 30. (Photo: Turkey’s Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications)

The launch of a new railway in the South Caucasus has the potential to attract foreign investment and boost trade, as well as encourage political cooperation in a region fraught with conflict. But can the railway deliver as envisioned?
 

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Bradley Jardine is a journalist based in Moscow covering the post-Soviet region and China.

Full Steam Ahead: Long-Awaited Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Opens

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